Dottie Rambo At The Grand Ole Opry
Dottie Rambo - 2000s
Dottie Rambo - 1980s
Dottie Rambo - 1970s
Dottie Rambo - 1960s
Remembering The Incomparable Dottie Rambo!
On Mother's Day, May 11, 2008, thousands of DOTTIE RAMBO's fans, in the United States, Canada, Europe and across the globe, began hearing the very sad news that legendary gospel singer / songwriter, DOTTIE RAMBO, had died in an accident on her tour bus. She was enroute from Illinois to Texas, scheduled to sing in another of the thousands of concerts she had headlined in over a 60 year career, when the accident happened in Missouri during the pre-dawn hours.
DOTTIE RAMBO, Grammy Winner and Billboard Magazine Trendsetter, wrote the first of her 2,500+ songs at eight years old along a creek bank near her Kentucky home. Years later, she would recall those experiences when she wrote her Platinum-selling children's musical Down By The Creek Bank.
In a message for her memorial, Bishop T.D. Jakes referred to DOTTIE as the "incomparable" DOTTIE RAMBO and Bill Gaither stated she was "irreplaceable." That is how DOTTIE is remembered by her legion of fans all over North America and other parts of the world. Nashville TV Channel 4's reporter Chris Tatum, on reporting her death, said she was "one of a kind."
Music has changed a lot since DOTTIE RAMBO first blazed a trail for others to follow. When DOTTIE wrote her song I Go To The Rock, later recorded by Whitney Houston for the Preacher's Wife Soundtrack, DOTTIE RAMBO's record company discouraged her from even recording it because they thought it was too much like rock 'n' roll. And speaking of rock, the king himself, Elvis Presley, loved DOTTIE RAMBO's songs so much, he had signed a contract to record 12 songs she had written. But perhaps fulfilling prophecy from the lyrics of one of her God-given songs - "this world need not know about my name" - Elvis only got to record one of those songs, If That Isn't Love, before his untimely death.
Forced to leave home at age 12 by an abusive father, personal tragedies gave birth to many of DOTTIE RAMBO's greatest songs. DOTTIE RAMBO's greatest career period was during the 1970s and 80s with her husband, Buck Rambo and daughter Reba Rambo. In the early 1990s, DOTTIE RAMBO was sidelined by severe back pain. She underwent numerous back surgeries, almost dying, before making a comeback in 2003 under the guidance of her new manager, Larry Ferguson. And once again for a time, it was standing room only crowds. This was not quite like the Good Ole Days when she once sang for 21,000 in a live concert in the Netherlands, but people were once again seeing a DOTTIE RAMBO who sang "defeat is one word I don't use." And DOTTIE herself often stated her latter years were the happiest years of her life in many ways.
This website is dedicated to DOTTIE RAMBO's life and legacy. We also hope to bring new fans who were too young to remember, or not even born yet, so they can come to know the impact she had, not only on gospel music, but American music in general. Literally many hundreds of professional gospel artists have recorded her songs, but so have scores of country, pop, R & B artists and celebrities listed elsewhere in this website.
Even though this website remains an ongoing project to DOTTIE RAMBO's legacy, within these pages is the greatest collection of DOTTIE RAMBO information ever assembled in one online location. But as DOTTIE herself would be the first to tell you, we want everything we present within these pages to "glory in the cross" and "not overshadow" the Lord himself that DOTTIE RAMBO served and where her songs always pointed.
"Yours, Until He Comes"
Dottie Rambo Fan Club
Larry Ferguson (Dottie Rambo's Manager) now hosts Mr. Nashville Talks